After reading ‘The Last Lecture’, which moved me deeply, I went on to read this book which told the story from his wife’s perspective. I guess the stories struck a chord in my heart cuz the man died from pancreatic cancer after a two year fight with the disease. My dad passed away from pancreatic cancer too and reading this further enlightened me on how short the lifespan of a person battling pancreatic cancer usually is. This guy’s story was moving because he wanted so much to live and tried so hard to live and must have gone through a great deal before he eventually passed away. Yet he was a strong character who achieved many of his childhood dreams before he passed away. His life is pretty admirable. I just felt very sad for his young kids yet at the same time it was admirable that he took so much effort to document stories and memories his children could appreciate when they eventually grew up. His wife’s side of the story showed all the struggles she went through and revealed how trying it must have been having to be a caregiver to a dying man as well as a mother to three young children. All in all, both were very touching reads!
For those who have been asking, this is the herbal tea I boil on a weekly basis to detox and get rid of heatiness in a bid to prevent the hives from recurring. I boil it with the yellowish rough grained rock sugar. Both are available from
Hock Hua Tonics. I usually buy the herbal tea leaves in packs of 3 cuz there is extra discount for a certain amount spent or no of packs bought.
Occasionally, I add in these 仓 耳 子 which you can get from any medical hall. I bought them from Yu Guo but Hock Hua Tonics might have them too. These are supposed to relieve itching but should really be taken only when you itch.
I can’t say these are medication or can cure the hives but I think regular intake does help to keep the hives at bay. : )
Took this sometime back when my brother took his graduation photos. We tagged along and took our own family pic too! Now it hangs in place of the older picture with Jordan (who was only a few months old then), which has since been shifted to the master bed room. It does look a little small though. Ha ha
As you can see, I love pictures cuz they always bring back memories of precious moments gone by.
Jordan is always excited about birthdays and Christmas…..because of the presents! This year, he has taken a special liking to counting money and collecting the different types of Singapore dollar notes and coins. A few weeks before his birthday, we were walking past this shop in Bugis Junction which sells all sorts of quirky stuff and the US dollar serviettes on sale caught his attention. He stopped in his tracks and dragged us into the shop. Inside, he couldn’t stop swooning over all the unique and quirky things from gold bar coin banks to old telephones that looked really antique and dated. Despite his wanting to buy some of the stuff, we didn’t get anything for him. To our surprise however, the shop seemed to have left a rather deep impression on his young mind and he kept talking about it the next few weeks and was very sure he was going to get a present from that shop for his birthday! Hence, we brought him back to the shop to choose his present. He originally went in with the intention of buying the US dollar notes for distributing to his classmates during his school birthday celebration, however when he laid eyes on this little safe which really looked lile a miniature of what Lawrence has, he was adamant about getting it for his birthday present!
The ‘almost real’ US dollar notes serviettes:
He happily distributed them away as though they were real money during his school birthday celebration and his teacher even joked that he would grow up to be a philantrophist!
During his advance home birthday celebration, he was showing us his collection of dollar notes. However, as he didn’t have any $5 notes, he went around asking specifically for $5 notes but nobody had $5 notes. Everyone only had $10, $50 or $2 notes and he didn’t want any of them!
Much to his surprise, my FIL bought him a wallet with a stack of $5 notes for his birthday! He was absolutely thrilled, more so with the $5 notes than the wallet!
Since then, he has been keeping all his notes in his little safe which can be password-locked just like a real safe and he is forever changing his password cuz he thinks it’s just so fun to keep having different passwords!!
Totally captivated by this book which my friend at work lent me – moving, heartwarming and makes you think deeper about life.
The pictures may not be much to look at but I absolutely love this thick, creamy mushroom soup which was so thick you could taste the grainy bits and small morsels of mushroom:
And this mashed potato- I usually hate mashed potatoes but really love this thick paste, which tasted really good!